Jury finds Mundt not guilty of Murder but guilty of 2 other charges

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Posted on May 29, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 29 at 11:24 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The jury has cleared Jeffrey Mundt of the most serious charges including murder; they did find him guilty of facilitation of robbery and tampering with evidence.

The jury recommends eight years in jail for Mundt. They recommended three years for robbery facilitation and five years for tampering with evidence, to run consecutively.

The judge ordered Mundt to be taken into custody immediately. Mundt had been out on house arrest for more than a year. He will be sentenced on June 26.

During closing arguments, Mundt's attorney Steve Romines said the Commonwealth failed to prove Jeffrey Mundt murdered James Carroll, whose body was found buried in the basement of Mundt's Old Louisville mansion in June 2010.

"Any single fact, document, any single witness, any single cross examination we have shown you is enough, in and of itself, to acquit Jeff Mundt; any one of them. Taken  together, it's not even close," Romines said.

Romines said Mundt's former boyfriend Joey Banis, who has already been convicted of the crime, bore all of the responsibility for the murder and cover up.

Prosecutors admit Banis was guilty of murder, but said Mundt willingly participated.

"When Joey Banis showed up, it was a thrill. He liked it. He liked his blue Mohawk, tattooed up boyfriend. and he got into things he probably never would have done without Banis," Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Ryane Conroy said.

The jury began deliberating shortly before 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
 

 

 

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